Science And Technology Committee To Quiz Experts and UK Health Minister
UK MPs on the Science and Technology Committee sit for the final time on Tuesday to gather more evidence on e-cigarettes and vaping.
The session will be split into three parts with the last one giving the sitting MPs the chance to quiz Health Minister Steve Brine MP on the UK Government’s current policy on vaping.
You can see my earlier reports on the committee meetings here:
- UK MPs Quiz Experts On Vaping In Pregnancy – E-Cigs In Prisons – Mental Health Issues – Young People And Vaping and Heat Not Burn Products
- Big Tobacco Tells UK MPs Short Fills Are A Health Concern
- Experts Lecture UK MPs On The Positive Benefits Of E-Cigarettes
Before quizzing the minister on the current UK Government e-cigarette policy the committee will hear from experts and consider issues around:
- Recent and future guidance by the relevant health authorities
- Advertising regulatory body on risks and recommendations on e-cigarette use
Those appearing are:
- Rob Morrison, Senior Regulatory Policy Executive, Advertising Standards Authority
- Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England
- Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
- Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
- Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care
- Dr Tim Baxter, Deputy Director of Healthy Behaviours, Department of Health and Social Care
Once they have all the facts the MPs will consider the evidence and send a report to the Government with recommendations as to how the UK Gov should legislate e-cigarettes.
This report will be published on the UK Gov website and a response has to be made within 60 days – though this can be extended.
I’ll have an article on the latest session early next week and will obviously keep you informed of the recommendations the committee makes.